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You will see them being driven as if they have to get somewhere at an appointed time. Their cars can be seen and heard moving noisily.

Because of how massive and comfortable their cars are, they will not feel the potholes on the roads. Held tightly in their arms is the latest iPad (because they don’t do stacks of papers) with the important information that will be discussed.

However, you will not see this because their car windows are heavily tinted. At that point, you will be tempted to curse the driver of the car. Please don’t. He is simply following instructions of the powerful passenger(s) he is driving.

Once they have arrived at their destination, reserved for them alone, they will be shown their places at the table. Before they even sit down, some will be heard murmuring about the seating arrangement.

Apparently, they have not been sat at their rightful places. The murmuring will not be for long because it pales in comparison to what they are about to discuss.

Finally, after gorging themselves with fine food and drink, each of them will open their iPads once the Chair has called the meeting to order. The agenda of the meeting: “Tenderpreneurship 101: How to win or award that government contract.”

On that road will be another lot of people in matatus or cars but don’t wield power enough to have the policeman make way for them.

A few of these will raise their heads at the sound of the sirens and note with dissatisfaction the time they have to waste waiting.

Most of them though will be face down, staring at the latest, expensive gadgets in their hands, made affordable by the numerous lending platforms available.

They will pay very little attention to the noise around them. You will see all this either because you are one of them or because their windows are not tinted.

They too will meet and after comparing service and product experiences, shushing anyone trying to talk about good governance, actively shouting about social injustices but remaining passive about it, and high-fiving each other on deals formed legally or illegally, they will whip out their gadgets and update their social media statuses saying: “#blessed”, thanking God they can eat, drink, study, travel and sleep comfortably.

Still on that same road will be another group of people. They will be the most in a hurry, only that they will be walking.

They will look with admiration at the passing vehicles, wishing they could get a ride because one minute is all it takes to lose out on the daily job they get at the jua kali site they are currently working at.

Some will be walking slowly, bent under the pressure of trying to make ends meet. Some will be cursing under their breath asking where they went wrong in life; why the leaders care only for themselves; and when the next meal will come from.

As a result, they will follow anyone blindly hopeful that they will get a meal in the end. They live for today, hardly contemplating tomorrow. Like the others, they too will meet but will ask: “Where are we placing our bets?”

On that road will be yet another group of people. This is a small but feisty group and will either be in cars, matatus or walking but that doesn’t matter.

Wherever it is they find themselves, they do their best. They are people of integrity, calling out the injustice, complacency and moral degradation they see not only in the public spaces but also in their private lives.

They are researching and innovating to solve the problems in society, inspiring change in behaviour and thought patterns.

They have a moral conscience, are considerate of others, and understand that inaction and silence, like a cancer, grows and devours.

Poverty doesn’t deter them and their wealth facilitates positive change. They pick themselves up when discouraged.

Like a new dawn, they are full of unshakeable hope that the foundation they are setting up will bear fruit even if they might not be there to witness it.

Their meetings revolve around the question: “What can we do to make this country better?”

Question to you today: Which of these four are you?